Premier Lighting Group wins Greenwich softball championship

Premier Lighting Group opened up an early lead, then held off a determined Longo’s Carting team to grab a thrilling 21-19 victory and the men’s town softball championship.

The win gave Premier its fifth title in six years. Huddle Up Sports won the championship last year, when they defeated Longo’s in a close contest.

Both teams used the long ball during a pleasant late summer evening at Teufel Field, but the Lighting Group got just a little more out of their homeruns.

The Carters hit six homers accounting for 12 runs, but Premier clubbed five, which brought home 14.

Longo’s came out swinging in the first inning and led 4-1. But the Lighting Group exploded for 15 runs over the next two innings to take a 16-7 advantage.

The lead was 17-8 going to the top of the sixth, but the Carters never quit, coming up with 11 runs in their last two innings and had the tying run at the plate. Kris O’Hara’s grand slam in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the difference.

The champions were led by Mike Mohrin’s perfect 4-for-4 performance and added five runs batted in. Also leading the way was O’Hara, who finished 4-for-5, with five RBI’s.

Manager Justin Valenti was 3-for-5, scoring four runs and driving in another five. Aaron Valenti was 3-for-4, driving in three. Teammates Pete Gasparino, Casey Allen and Jack Nastahowski also carded multiple hit games for Premier, while Frank Currivan, Tony Greene, Isa Hernandez and Mike Fesko also contributed to the winning cause.

Longo’s Carting was sparked by Jamie Longo’s perfect 5-for-5 day that featured a home run. He also scored four runs and drove in another.

Joe Troisi was 4-for-5, batting two runs in. Tommy Bisignano, Jason Grabowski, Chris Marullo and Mike Marullo all had three hits in five tries each, with Mike Marullo batting in six runs. The Carters balanced attack also included a piar of hits each for Kenyon Ferguson and Chris Smith. Manager Teddy Lorch and Tyler Herrmann also contributed to the cause.

Gasparino, Justin Valenti and Aaron Valenti were the defensive leaders for Premier Lighting Group, while Chris Marullo and Tyler Herrmann had big defensive days for Longo’s.

Premier went undefeated in the double elimination tournament.  The Carters eliminated defending champion Huddle Up Sports in the loser’s bracket finals.

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